3fresh expressions and mission projects - the fruit of inculturation
4inculturation begins with listening culture where Gospel is being sharedInculturationGod speaks – His Gospelchurch/team sharing the Gospel
5Inculturation begins with listening - Incarnational mission is a community process “from below”We need to moveFrom detailed advance planning .....to discernment in contextInculturation is essentially a community process from below. You can’t do it by analysing a culture from a distance - and then setting up a diocesan programme to create churches in that particular shape. You can’y have a handbook which tells yIt is about watching and listening where the Holy Spirit is moving and seeking to go with Him. This has implications for the recommendations of the report.
6The countryside is changing.... In UK factors would include...From agricultural economy to tourism & commutingGreater mobilityWeakening sense of village communityLess experience of church in rural dwellers than in the pastCommunity through “networks”Young adults migrating to urban areasConsumer culture - “buying into ideas”DO YOU RECOGNISE SIMILAR CHANGES IN YOUR CONTEXT - WHAT OTHER FACTORS CAN YOU IDENTIFY?
7360 degree listening Listening to the context/ culture Listening to ourselves and the Christian culture from which we comeListening to both in prayer, listening for where God is speaking
8Listening to ourselves Where is the gap between you are and where the people are you wish to reach?What makes you feel uncomfortable about the group of people you are seeking to reach?Why? What underlies this?What are your values?What ought they to be?
11Listening in your local area Talk with peopleRead the local paper (neighbourhoods)Notice patterns and places where people meetNotice how and about what people communicate (esp networks)Find out the needs and issuesWhat are the values?
12Ask GodMission is finding out what God is doing and joining in…. So, ask himWhat are You doing?How do You want us to join inDiscerning God’s call can take time (Acts )Listening is not just for the beginning of a church but needed throughout its development
13All Saints, Sheepy Magna - Leicesterhire Need for Village Post OfficeNeed
14Sunday 4.6 Worship different in style to what was previously available locally
16Cafeplus+ need for community meeting First Sunday of the month9:30am - 12:30pmThe Village Hall, Haddenham, BucksCafeplus+ offers a place to:chill out over a cup of real coffee & the Sunday papersmeet your friends or make new ones!take the children for some fun activitiesget some peace in our 'quiet space'enjoy breakfast and some 'Food4thought'join in a range of different activities for young and old alike
17A better time for families Messy ChurchA better time for families
18Youth Church/ Networks Helping teenage disciples to grow and reach out
19Connecting with Agricultural Roots & Seasons Tolland & elsewhereConnecting with Agricultural Roots & Seasons
20Neo-monastic movements Hunger for Spiritual depth
21What should we ask? Knowing and telling Clockface questions Questions that tick
22Inverted triangle – “the funnel” Max number of peopleMin gospel contentSocial engagement - create lots of contacts to inviteS1intro some spiritual content - storyS2AlphaTruths of the GospelPrayerS3Max gospel contentMin number of peopleGospel & responseRKDiscipleship in church community
23Inverted triangle – “the funnel” Everyone is at a different place on their journeyAll are moving at a different paceSo we don’t increase the gospel/spiritual contentBut invite those who are ready to the next levelIn this way we respect them and keep trustThe motive is love .. to help their journey
24Fishing pools… stepping stones Events that increase the gospel “temperature”S1S2S3RK
25Exercise in groups 12 mins Chose a mission field from one of your group?What are they already doing to provide S1, R stepping stonesWhere are the gaps? What could fill them??12 mins
26Connecting with lonely retired people Natter churchConnecting with lonely retired people
27Stepping stones in “natter church” S 1 – “natter” – a weekly afternoon drop inS 2/3 – “natter plus” – fortnightly stay for discipleshipS 3/R – “natter Alpha” – once per yearK – “natter with God” – monthly service after natter
28How does listening feel? Overwhelming – what can we do?Frustrating/Inactive – when are we going to get on with it?Uncomfortable – you will find out things you don’t want to hearSurprising –God at work in unexpected placesThe further the culture you are trying to reach is away from your own culture, the longer it will take for you to understand what is going on
29Inculturation involves sacrifice 'Dying to live’INCULTURATION - PRINCIPLEDYING TO LIVEDying to live is part of the obedient Christian life - at baptism we talk of “dying to sin that we may live his risen life”. It is especially true of the church in mission. We will have to make sacrifices.For example - Christian young people are needed to become missionaries to their peers. The growth of a successful youth congregation may draw away the last few young people from your older congregation. That is the price of their contemporaries hearing the gospel in a way they can relate to.The vicar only has so much time - we may have to make difficult choices about where to spend it.The bit that hurts most is money - will we invest in keeping things going for as long as possible - or in trying to reach new people with the gospel.“What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed… but God gives it a body as he has determined.”1 Corinthians
30“As the Father sent me, so I send you… Receive the Holy Spirit.” In John Chapter 20, the risen Jesus says to his disciples “As the Father has sent me, so I send you”. This verse is at the heart of what it means to be an apostolic church.To be apostolic is not just to follow the teaching of the apostles but also to share the commission of the apostles. αποστελλω − means to send, to commission. And here is the commission that Jesus gives to his followers. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you” What does he mean? - Immediately before, Jesus has showed them his hands and side - a visual aid if you like - they to are called to the life of dying to live. Immediately after, he bestows upon them the Holy Spirit and bids them to proclaim the forgiveness of sins.In the same way the Father sent Jesus ….To become different to become like those to whom he was sent …To engage in incarnational identification and counter cultural challenge …To be willing to die to present glory & take the form of a dying slave ..As he died and rose different and the same …So we are sent in mission to the world.“As the Father sent me,so I send you…Receive the Holy Spirit.”